All over Europe teachers have been doing their best to support their students at home. Some have had to learn on-line skills from scratch, using platforms like Zoom to engage the class either in individual learning or in class sessions. And now many countries are facing the challenge of supporting children and young people as they return to school. Much is being written about the social and emotional challenges these young students are likely to face. There are huge concerns about the mental health of young people who have been affected in all sorts of ways by what is still happening.
Schools face an unprecedented challenge right now: how will they come back together in the school classrooms, corridors and playgrounds in ways that are physically safe and also emotionally and relationally healthy?
This question sparked a collective of UK-based education practitioners and researchers into action. Transforming Conflict’s director Belinda Hopkins has been proud to be part of this RESTORE our Schools collective, working with esteemed restorative colleagues to help with the thinking, planning and the actions that will be needed to help schools and the people within them to heal from what has happened, and to come back together stronger and healthier than before.